December 21, 2010 Subject:
You can definately tell some of this version of the other one was used in Anthem. Awesome! 5 stars for the mix, performance, and recording
P.S. Its ironic that the song the ELEVEN is ELEVEN minutes and ELEVEN seconds. Weird coincidence
September 9, 2010 Subject:
when the new miller versions of these shows came out (3/29-31) i was surprised to learn that they are actually soundboards, as i always assumed they were audience recordings. and for auds from 1968 anyway, they were exceptional. being instead SBD's the sound is actually pretty muffled and distant, though it does give the shows a nice 'airy' quality.
anyways, i've always really liked this show. The Other One is tragically short, but very intense, and segues into Dark Star, imho the finest of the early (pre 8/68) versions. the Morning Dew and China Cat really sparkle too. and whats a '68 show without a Spanish jam? check this one out, its worth hearing. and don't forget the 29th and 31st too...
February 9, 2009 Subject:
The last China Cat for a year; penultimate Cross-Eyed
An average early ’68, which like saying an average ’74 or ’77 show -- very good!
The Other One pleases, and there’s craft in the Dark Star. This was the last time they played China Cat as the filler in the Dark Star-Eleven sandwich. They didn’t play China Cat again until ’69. The transition between China Cat and Eleven not smooth as in previous shows, but the jamming is hot. The Eleven is sweet. Fast and electric, it doesn’t get stuck. The first Lovelight is driving and exciting for most of it, but gets old (runs out of steam) about two-thirds into it.
This is the next to the last time they played Born Cross-Eyed—the next night was the final. It was performed live only a little over a dozen times, so enjoy! The Born Cross-Eyed>Spanish Jam combo is even rarer. Here, not the smoothest feedback transition to Spanish Jam. An okay Spanish Jam.
The highlight of that extra material is Dancing in the Streets, which may or may not be part of this show, but it’s great! Dancin’ would have been a rarity in 1968 and much of 1967. But this is definitely not a ’66 recording, as Jerry has very different soloing style here than 1966 versions.
My complaint about this audience recording is that Pigpen’s keyboard is muted, which is a big part of the ’68 sound.
(Try 1/20 and 2/14 for truly outstanding 1968 shows here at Archive. Check out also Dick’s Picks Vol. 22 for another great Anthem-of-the-Sun era show.)